Ben is the founder of Wylan Energy. For Ben, this company is the culmination of nearly a decade of research around business ideas that produce significant and scalable energy efficiency savings. Wylan Energy runs rebate and subsidy programs in select jurisdictions to enable everyday consumers to go green, less expensively.
Overlapping his time with Wylan, Ben spent 5 years as an associate-in-residence for The Westly Group, a clean technology-oriented venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California. As the second employee of this fund, Ben assisted its founder, Steve Westly, in raising $127 million in their first institutional fund. At Westly, Ben served as a board observer at OhSo Clean, a sanitation company, and at Glacier Bay, a power management company whose battery-powered auxiliary unit enables truck fleets to save one gallon of fuel per hour of use by meeting the air-conditioning needs of their operators without idling their engines.
As an individual, Ben is also an advisor to IncentAlign, an enterprise software company that enables large institutions to allocate resources more efficiently and effectively with a market-based approach. Initial applications include allocating sales territories and accounts.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Ben is a graduate of Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering, graduating with a bachelor's degree with dual majors in civil & environmental engineering and public policy studies.
Ben serves or has served on a number of non-profit boards, including the Chordoma Foundation, FACE AIDS, and the Duke University Board of Trustees. He is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
As a member of Class 14, Ben served his fellowship at the Westly Group under the mentorship of Mike Dorsey and Managing Partner Steve Westly.